Conservation Crossing Borders

February 22, 2011 by  
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Climate change is an issue that has been discussed the world over and is of great concern. As climates begin to shift and weather patterns begin to change, so does nature. Wildlife are forced to adapt to conditions they are not used to, over and above the fact that their habitats are being encroached on. The first wildlife to have shown signs of adapting are birds. Migratory bird patterns have diversified and as the need grows, birds are moving to areas that are best suited to their survival, causing a cry out for cross border conservation efforts.

A team of researchers decided to conduct a study concentrating on the birds of Africa. The team consisted of Dr. Stephen Willis (School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences of the Durham University), as well as Professor Brian Huntley from the same department. They considered where the birds are located at present and how they would move due to climate change. Eight hundred and three Important Bird Areas (IBAs) were looked at.

Monitoring the birds will be the first way to detect signs of the effects of climate change, as they would be the first to move. The researchers have therefore written a guideline to governments on how to deal with the reshuffling of wildlife should this occur as predicted. According to their studies, at least one third of the Important Bird Areas will experience a noticeable change, as shrinking habitats will force birds to find more suitable areas for food supply. During their research project, the researchers were also able to identify areas that are not currently under protection but could become potential habitats for the birds.

Dr. Stephen Willis commented: “The bird map of Africa is set to change dramatically and we need conservation policies that see the bigger picture.” He went on to say: “There are large areas of Africa lacking protected status and many of these areas are predicted to be critically important for bird conservation in the future. We need to be ready to protect remnant populations of birds while also preparing for new colonists.” As co-author of the guideline paper he stressed the importance of cross border conservation, “We need to improve monitoring, communication and co-operation to make protected areas work across borders. Conservationists and policy makers will have to work together in new ways as networks become increasingly important in protecting species.”

Wings Over the Rockies

February 16, 2011 by  
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The 2011 theme for Wings Over the Rockies is “Celebrating Our Valley, Celebrating the People. As the 15th anniversary the event, it will be honoring nature and the people who created and continue to support the festival. The festival schedule includes about 70 educational events, such as field trips, presentation, river paddles and an art exhibit. This is a thrilling an educational event for anyone interested in birds and the natural heritage of Columbia Valley Wetlands.

Date: 2 to 8 May 2011
Venue: Pynelogs Cultural Centre
City: Invermere
State: British Columbia
Country: Canada

2011 Spring Banding Session

February 16, 2011 by  
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Taking place at Fort Mogan State Historical Park, along the Alabama Gulf Coast, banding will begin before dowan and end mid-afternoon. This area is an important stopover for migratory birds returning from South and Central America. Banding is free, with admission to the fort costing $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children of 6 to 12, and free for children under 6.

Date: 2 to 14 April 2011
Venue: Fort Morgan State Historical Park
State: Alabama
Country: United States of America

Midwest Birding Symposium

February 15, 2011 by  
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The Midwest Birding Symposium will see scores of bird watchers gathering at Lakeside in Ohio. The event is hosted by the Lakeside Association, Ohio Ornithological Society and Bird Watcher’s Digest. This fantastic birding event will feature a vendor area with nature related producst and services, field trips to top birding spots, programs by leading North American bird watchers and plenty of time to get to know fellow bird watchers. Other highlights will be the Sunset Cruise, Birders’ Exhchange Program, Back To the Wild Exhibit, Songbird Bandin Deomonstration, MBS Big Sit!, Travel Talks and much more. Register now to avoid disappointment!

Date: 15 to 18 September 2011
City: Lakeside
State: Ohio
Country: United States of America

2011 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

February 15, 2011 by  
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The 2011 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival has the theme “Wild Birds, Wild Places”. The keynote speaker for the event will be Carl Safina. Carl has a doctorate in Ecology from Rutgers University and has been studying the ocean for twenty-five years.

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival began in 1993 when a number of Homer residents decided to create an event that would help to educate the public about weblands and shorebirds. Be sure to take part in this fantastic festival.

Date: 5-8 May 2011
Venue: Kachemak Bay
City: Homer
State: Alaska
Country: United States of America

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